Children and Elderly

Children

Did you know that vision is responsible for 80% of all learning in a child’s first twelve years?^

Poor vision can interfere with your child’s learning and social development, yet 1 in 5 children suffers from an undetected vision problem.

At Total Eyecare we have ways to test your child’s vision at any age – even babies.  If you think there is something not quite right with your child’s vision, don’t hesitate to bring them to see a Total Eyecare optometrist.

A child’s eyes are central to their school life. Whether they are playing sport, reading, writing or using a digital device, their eyes are working hard.

So, help your child be their best and book them in for a comprehensive eye examination. It may be the most important thing you do for them this year.

A comprehensive eye exam for children can detect:

  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Strabismus (turned eye causing double vision)
  • Hyperopia, which can be corrected with reading glasses
  • Myopia, difficulty seeing in the distance

Any of these conditions can dramatically impact upon a child’s learning and interaction with the world around them.  All of them can be corrected!

Total Eyecare bulk bills all children and full-time students for a comprehensive eye examination.  If vision correction is necessary, we can process health fund claims on the spot and have a variety of colours, shapes and sizes for glasses suitable for children and adults of all ages.

So, help your student be their best and recommend their parents/guardians book them in for a comprehensive eye examination. It may be the most important thing you do for them this year.

^Vision Council of America, Making the Grade, 2009.

The Elderly

As with all parts of our body, after lots of birthdays you’re more likely to experience changes to your vision.

From about the age of 40, most of us will have a noticeable reduction in the flexibility of our focussing, often affecting our near vision.  This is a normal and predictable progression called presbyopia.  It often becomes a noticeable problem from about 40, and it progresses with age.

Other conditions that we become more at risk of with age are:

  • Cataracts: clouding of the lens within your eye
  • Macular Degeneration: loss of central vision
  • Glaucoma: loss of peripheral vision, progressing to central vision loss
  • Diabetes: blurred vision and vision loss

Our Optometrists each have more than 10 years of clinical optometry experience and are well versed in detecting, managing and (where necessary) referring patients with all of these conditions.

Our practices are all easily accessible for people with reduced mobility.  Our optometrists are very patient and accommodating to ensure that everybody has the eyecare they need.

Communication Barriers

Some of our patients have mobility limitations, disabilities and some don’t speak English or are illiterate.  We have ways of testing to overcome all of this.  You don’t need to be literate to have an effective eye exam.  There are various ways we can conduct almost any eye test, so don’t risk your vision because of these barriers.